OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation. One console at a time... With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.

Take Control

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start

Why restrict yourself to just the keyboard? Although it is not a requirement, OpenEmu is best used with a peripheral gamepad or controller to interact with your games.

Via the Controller Preferences, simply auto- magically assign buttons with any generic HID compliant USB or Bluetooth game controller.

Plug in your gamepad, select it from the list… and press start to begin your adventures.

Time To Get Organized

Everything in its place. Automatically

We combine some of the best emulation projects together into one beautiful unified application that simply organizes your personal games library. Watch as you drop in backups of your games (ROMs) & they are gracefully added to their appropriate library along with original box art.


One of the standout features of OpenEmu is how it organizes all your games into one unique, unified games library. Watch as backups of the games (ROMs) you already own are gracefully added to their appropriate library and box art is magically added. You can even create your own ‘collections’ mix and matched from different consoles.

Controls & Controllers

Any generic HID compliant USB or Bluetooth game controller should work with OpenEmu out of the box. OpenEmu now automatically maps controls for the following recognized devices in our database:

  • PlayStation Dualshock 3 and Dualshock 4
  • Wiimote and Wii U Pro
  • Xbox 360 & 3rd party (driver required)
  • Sega Saturn USB
  • PS3 Neo Geo Pad USB
  • Logitech series (Dual Action, Rumblepad 2, Gamepad F310/F510/F710)
  • Gravis GamePad Pro
  • Retrolink SNES and N64
  • RetroUSB SNES RetroPort and RetroPad
  • Retrode (SNES)


OpenEmu is modular, and thanks to the work of other great open source projects, it can emulate a wide variety of video game systems (we call them 'cores'). Currently, the following open source emulation projects are used to power OpenEmu:

  • CrabEmu
  • DeSmuME
  • FCEU
  • Gambatte
  • Genesis Plus GX
  • Higan
  • Mednafen
  • NeoPop
  • Nestopia
  • Picodrive
  • Snes9x
  • TwoMbit
  • VisualBoyAdvance
  • ... and more!